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I would just like to warn everyone that this instructable includes lots of bad photography. I started working on this cape at about... hmm... 12 AM. Therefore, no natural lighting, and no good lighting in the apartment.

I really must remedy this.

Fighting crime during the night is really hard right now.

But anyway - this cape was made because my friend Josh and I decided he needed one. Josh will henceforth be known as JOSHMAN. The only thing I asked was that he pose for stupid pictures in the cape if I made it.

I think we accomplished that quite well. Jeff and Seth even got in on the action.
 
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Step 1: Supplies needed to fight crime in style.

Picture of Supplies needed to fight crime in style.
You will need:
  • a sewing machine complete with thread
  • ribbon
  • 2 colors of heavyweight fabric (felt) - step three will explain how much you need.
  • nice, sharp scissors
  • a yard stick
  • something to mark the fabric with (a ballpoint pen will work)
  • an iron

And, if you'd like to personalize the cape by putting your name on the back, you will need:
  • contrasting fabric
  • some sort of double sided fusible webbing suitable for applique - Steam-A-Seam is a popular brand name.

Step 2: How to measure for the cape!

Grab yourself some handy dandy measuring tape.

First, decide how long the cape should be. Measure from the top of the shoulder to wherever you'd like the cape to fall. For JOSHMAN, this was around 50 inches. His cape will hit below the knees.

Next, decide how the cape will fall on the shoulders. Do you want it to go over the top of the shoulders, or simply hang down the back?

For going over the top off the shoulders, measure around the top of the back, and also the width from the chest to back around the shoulder area. Add the top of the back + to 2x the arm width. For JOSHMAN, this was roughly 40 inches.

If you want the cape to hang down the back, simply measure from shoulder to shoulder and round. :)
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albumgeek3 years ago
Great tutorial! One question though; Did that guy get dumpster juice on is head when he was picking up that trash can?
jessyratfink (author)  albumgeek3 years ago
Thankfully, no, as it was full of old irrelevant media and not nacho cheese :D
i swear to protect the people of instructables (even though is sotempting to destroy)with my new super powers and i will do it in fashionwith my new cape da da da daaaaa
Ahhhh! Now that's what I call a cool super hero!!!
Madrias3575 years ago
Give me a few days and Joshman might be facing Max Falcon... *laughs evilly* (In other words, it's inspired me to create one myself)
Goodhart5 years ago
She dawns her cape and immediately becomes Joshman ! ( probably not, but it was worth a shot )
Ahem. Don.
J/K :-)
Nicely done.

Do you work at walmart?
jessyratfink (author)  Lithium Rain5 years ago
Nope. At a used bookstore. :)
Do you mean the store sells used-books, or that its a used-bookstore.
jessyratfink (author)  Keith-Kid5 years ago
We sell used books and other media.
I LOVE Half-Price books.
Huh, it sure looked like a walmart from the picture...
jessyratfink (author)  Lithium Rain5 years ago
Hahaha, what picture? Now I'm confused.
The one where Josh is behind the building. Those bricks look precisely like a walmart...
......o-0 you are VERY observant :P, do you work at walmart?
Who, me? No, I don't work at walmart. I guess I just notice stuff. I shocked the librarian the other day by telling her how nice her new glasses were...
jessyratfink (author)  Lithium Rain5 years ago
Nope, if you look behind him it says "Half Price Books" on the door. We're built into a strip center very close to that big jerk, though.
ferrari4845 years ago
are you not a little bit to old for that <(*-*)> lol
jessyratfink (author)  ferrari4845 years ago
You're never too old to have fun! Or look really stupid. :D
my god man you are ammazzinnnggg especialy the guy with the beard!!
niceday88885 years ago
My son will say AWESOME.
Cheeno5 years ago
thanks for the wonderful instructions, everyone needs to know how to build a cape. I can think of a few situations in my life where i wish i had a cape, LOL.
Kiteman5 years ago
Does this mean we have to start doing Joshman superhero projects?

I could do a Josharang...
jessyratfink (author)  Kiteman5 years ago
Just make a boomerang with a beard!
Hmmm...

Ithink I have some plywood left...
Is that your boyfriend? :o
jessyratfink (author)  GorillazMiko5 years ago
None of the above are my boyfriend. You can see his feet in step 8, though.
I never had you down as a white-socks-guy kind of girl.

Or is he a lot older than you?
Duckhead5 years ago
It's a bird, it's a plane, it's JOSHMAN!!!!!!!!!!!
zachninme5 years ago
Awesome :D (If I say any more, JOSHMAN may come and defeat me)
jessyratfink (author)  zachninme5 years ago
He'd probably just push you down and then giggle, actually. :D
Push you down and giggle, LOL.
What? Is it a sexual innuendo or something?
NO. it just tickled my funny bone, is all.
I dunno but the 14th pic looks like the Joshman is having too much fun putting out the campfire...
lickapop5 years ago
MMMmm mmmmmmmmmm the superhero with the glasses is absolutely gorgeous.
Lftndbt5 years ago
Awesome!! Truley AWESOME!!!

Where has this I'ble been all my life??!!

All my life I have lacked a certain something, never could work it out.
I would have fun jumping off things as much as the next bloke..
It gave me a thrill and sometimes even a buzz. I wanted more though, much more.

A lil' flair, something special, something unique.

Something red and something blue. Something "Oh..! I want to look, as fab as you!!".

  • LftnDbt runs into the other room with a leap and a bound.
Oh yeah!! I'm sooo making me a cape!!

Nice work Jessy!
animes255 years ago
nacho libre!
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